Prince Fielder bracing for first career DL stint

Posted Wednesday, May. 21, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Prince Fielder didn’t make the trip to Detroit, opting instead for a visit Thursday with spine specialist Drew Dossett, who will likely recommend a more specific, if not significant, treatment option for the herniated disk in Fielder’s neck.

The Rangers first baseman missed his fourth straight game on Wednesday since taking an injection to the area last week and said he is mentally preparing for the possibility of going on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

“I don’t have any control over it. It’ll be what it’ll be,” Fielder said after the Rangers’ 4-3 victory over Seattle on Wednesday. “We’ll just have to take the steps necessary.

“My arm is weak and I’m not feeling the way I should.”

Depending on Dossett’s recommendation, it’s also possible Fielder will rejoin the team in Detroit, a team spokesman said.

Fielder didn’t take part in any baseball activities Wednesday, a day after feeling weakness in his left arm while taking cuts in the indoor batting cages.

On Tuesday, Fielder wouldn’t blame his sagging numbers on the condition.

The injury, which ended a string of 547 consecutive games, also puts in jeopardy Fielder’s return to Detroit, the town where he played two seasons before being acquired by Texas for Ian Kinsler in the off-season.

Fielder averaged 28 home runs and 107 RBIs in 2012-13.

The Rangers will also be reunited with Kinsler and closer Joe Nathan, who signed a free-agent contract with the Tigers in the off-season.

“I’m excited to go there and beat them,” manager Ron Washington said when asked if he was eager to see his former players.

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